The Netherlands, or Holland as they are still traditionally called in the UK and in their fans’ anthem, Hup Holland Hup, will return for the 2022 FIFA World Cup final after failing to qualify for Russia in 2018.
They finished top of UEFA qualifying Group G, winning seven of their 10 matches, including a 6-1 demolition of second-placed Turkey at the Johan Cruyff Arena in September 2021.
Led by Louis van Gaal, who is in his third stint as national team head coach after leading them to third place in 2014, they will undoubtedly be outsiders to win their first-ever European Cup. world after the last somewhat chaotic years.
The Netherlands beat Poland 2-0 in the Nations League in the first of the last two games before the World Cup and beat Belgium 1-0 with a goal from Virgil van Dijk in their last outing before going return to Qatar in November, a victory that puts them through to the semi-finals of the Nations League.
Netherlands squad for the 2022 World Cup
Each country’s final World Cup squad of 23-26 players is due to be submitted to Fifa by November 13, but Louis van Gaal has now named a provisional squad of 39 players which will be reduced to 26 before tournament.
Guardians: Andries Noppert, Jasper Cillessen, Mark Flekken, Remko Pasveer, Justin Bijlow
Defenders: Devyne Rensch, Nathan Ake, Daley Blind, Sven Botman, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries, Tyrell Malacia, Virgil van Dijk, Jurrien Timber, Mitchel Bakker, Jérémie Frimpong, Micky van de Ven, Pascal Struijk
Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Davy Klaassen, Marten de Roon, Teun Koopmeiners, Kenneth Taylor, Steven Berghuis, Jordy Clasie, Ryan Gravenberch, Guus Til, Xavi Simons
Forwards: Luuk de Jong, Arnaut Danjuma, Noa Lang, Donyell Malen, Brian Brobbey, Steven Bergwijn, Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst, Cody Gakpo, Vincent Janssen
This year, the World Cup will take place from November 20 to December 18.
Who are likely to be their key players?
Liverpool star Van Dijk continues to lead the defense as the team’s captain. The 31-year-old’s pace, power and aerial dominance make him one of the most formidable centre-backs in the world and the same goes for his partner, 21-year-old Matthijs de Ligt of Bayern Munich, who left Serie A side Juventus for £70million in August..
The Barcelona pair of Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay have been linked with moves from Camp Nou all summer but ended up staying and will be a key figure. De Jong’s passing, dribbling and versatility make him a vital asset while Depay, reunited with Van Gaal after an unfortunate spell at Old Trafford together, is unquestionably their biggest goalscoring threat.
Who, where and when does the Netherlands play?
The Netherlands are in Group A, along with hosts Qatar, and will open the tournament when they face Senegal.
Group stage schedule
What is the Netherlands record in the World Cup?
Rivaled only by Croatia for punching well above the weight of their height, the Netherlands are in contention for the best national team to never win a World Cup.
Three times they have finished runners-up, twice in the 1970s (1974 and 1978) during the Rinus Michels/Johan Cruyff-inspired ‘total football’ era, and again in 2010 when they lost 1-0 to Spain in one of the dirtiest matches. modern day football matches.
Although they missed out on the 2018 tournament, their recent record is impressive: Van Gaal took them to third place in 2014 before decamping to Manchester United.
A relatively routine race in qualifying will also have boosted their confidence and with a group that should be fairly easy to negotiate, the Orange are definitely a team to watch in Qatar.
Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon | Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | Ecuador | England | France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | Poland | Portuguese | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | South Korea | Spain | Switzerland | Tunisia | Uruguay | United States | Wales
What are the latest odds?
Will the Netherlands top their group in Qatar? Take a look at their group winner odds
Netherlands are currently a better price of 14/1 to win the world cup.
Other top contenders…
Information correct as of November 10.